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Wired vs. Wireless Power Monitors [VIDEO]

Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2022 by Packet Power Team

Power monitoring is essential for efficient, cost-effective facility management. The stakes are even higher in critical facilities where power or environmental anomalies can lead to expensive equipment damage and customer services failures.

Power monitoring helps identify and resolve problems and proactively manage power usage. This enables facilities managers to control costs, limit the risk of outages, and respond faster if there is an outage. You can get the data from your power monitor through a wired connection or any number of wireless technologies. Here is how your options compare.

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Topics: wireless monitoring, data center operations, wireless power monitors, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs, energy benchmarking, wired power monitor, wireless power monitor, manage power usage, wired vs wireless monitoring, wired vs wireless monitor

Monitoring Made to Measure Simplifies Power Monitoring [VIDEO]

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Your power monitoring needs are unique. You need a system built specifically to meet these needs. Sound expensive? Packet Power’s "Monitoring Made to Measure" approach to building power monitoring systems significantly reduces installation time, saving you time and money compared to other power monitoring solutions.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Know your power, power monitoring, wireless power monitors, Facilities monitoring, wireless power monitoring, Monitoring made to measure

Avoiding Disaster With Smart Power and Temperature Monitoring Systems

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Power and environmental monitoring can reduce outages and downtime by keeping you abreast of operating conditions within your critical facilities at all times. You can be alerted to issues quickly before they escalate into serious problems. And you might be able to save money with more efficient power consumption. You cannot entirely prevent outages, but you can be prepared by constantly monitoring conditions in your facility.

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Topics: realtime alerts, data center operations, Know your power, power monitoring, Power basics, Facilities monitoring, remote monitoring, environmental monitoring software, facility downtime, wireless power monitoring

Metered, Monitored, Switched, Smart: Comparing Types of PDUs

Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Power distribution units (PDUs), commonly referred to as power strips or rack mounted power distribution units (RMPDUs), are critical components within a data center's power hierarchy. They include multiple outlets that provide power to rack level equipment and can balance the demand to prevent circuits overloading. Having the right power distribution units for your facility can help you do even more -- like remotely access critical data on power usage in real time, examine historical trends, and even remotely manage power usage.

PDUs range from “basic PDUs” to various types of “smart PDUs.” The terms describing smart PDUs are often used interchangeably, making the distinctions confusing. Let’s clarify the PDU options and how they compare.

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Topics: realtime alerts, Know your power, energy efficiency in data centers, Power basics, smart power cables, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs, smart devices, wireless power monitoring

How Power Monitoring Helps Reduce Downtime

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021 by Packet Power Team

Critical facilities like data centers require a power infrastructure that is energy-efficient and cost-efficient but, above all, reliable. Downtime is expensive and even possibly "career limiting." Power problems can also result in damage to equipment. Power monitoring helps avoid downtime by providing facility management with the information needed to allocate power most effectively, detect problems early, and resolve issues with minimal disruption.

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Topics: data center monitoring, power monitoring, data center power monitoring, Facilities monitoring, facility downtime, power capacity planning, wireless power monitoring, data center downtime

Remote monitoring now essential for business operations

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020 by Paul Bieganski

It has never been more important for your critical infrastructure to be up and running. Remote monitoring helps ensure your facilities are operating as they should be, even when no one is physically around. Remote monitoring isn't a new thing, but it is time to move it from the "nice to have" category to the "essential for business operations" category. 

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Topics: Packet Power, wireless monitoring, environmental monitoring, power monitoring, wireless security, wireless power monitors, Facilities monitoring, remote monitoring

Packet Power Wireless Network Connector adds Schneider and RLE devices

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Packet Power Team

Packet Power's Wireless Network Connector (WNC) provides an easy way to make select non-Packet Power metered devices that aren't connected to a network work over Packet Power's wireless network. The WNC now supports several Schneider power meters and RLE leak detection controllers in addition to APC, Geist and Servertech devices.

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Topics: Packet Power, wireless monitoring, Facilities monitoring, wireless network connector, stranded power

Making the case for facility monitoring

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Packet Power Team

You know that your operations team can use energy usage data to help ensure your entire facility runs more smoothly. Monitoring can also save money by reducing costs and extending the life of critical equipment. It can identify inefficient energy use and times when buildings are approaching peak demand usage triggering peak utility pricing. Monitoring can highlight ways to safely reduce cooling costs. Monitoring delivers the data to help in capacity planning. It can help identify when additional capital expenditures will be needed or that such investments can be delayed.

Even though we know the benefits of monitoring, it can still be viewed as "non critical" when budgets are constrained. Here are a few tips to help make the case for adding power and environmental monitoring to your critical facility.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power, wireless monitoring, cost allocation, environmental monitoring, power monitoring, Wireless technology, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs

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